Practice-focused Online Doctoral Degree for APRNs Only

Preparing Clinical Practice Leaders

UCF’s online Advanced Practice Nurse Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed to enhance the development of master’s prepared Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Registered Nurse Anesthetists, and Nurse Midwives into clinical practice leaders.

Clinical practice leaders participate at the highest level in their organizations and community, and are equipped to improve quality, outcomes and systems of healthcare.

Doctoral students in the Advanced Practice DNP track are encouraged to lead scholarly inquiry in their current practice environment. Integral components of the program will include translating current evidence into practice, and designing, implementing and evaluating new models of care.

Graduates are prepared to initiate and lead change in the clinical practice environment with emphasis on contributing to the body of evidence being considered in the reshaping of healthcare.

Students will take course work corresponding to the eight DNP essential competencies delineated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).


No GRE requirement

Deadlines: Apply by May 1 for Fall and by Sept. 1 for Spring
Program Length:  Part-time (7 semesters)
Program Type: Online with intensives
Credit Hours: 42
Clinical Hours: 1,000 *


*A total of 1,000 clinical hours are required to award the DNP degree. Some clinical hours are transferred in from prior MSN coursework. 420 clinical hours are fulfilled during the DNP coursework. Additional credit hours could be required to satisfy the clinical hours requirement, depends on prior MSN curriculum. See Plan of Study and Verification of Clinical Hours Form.


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Add a Specialty to Your Practice

With our post-master’s Graduate Certificate Programs for APRNs:

Is this program for me?
To apply to this program, you will need to meet the following:
  • You fulfill the general UCF graduate admissions requirements (see Admissions section of the UCF Graduate Catalog).
  • You are a licensed APRN (advanced practice registered nurse) in the State of Florida. (Out-of-state applicants must be eligible for licensure in Florida and must achieve APRN licensure to begin clinical courses.)
  • You have APN certification, or the ability to obtain certification in the first semester of enrollment (required)
  • You have an MSN degree in an APN specialty role or a post-MSN certificate (NP, CNS, CRNA, CNM) from a regionally accredited institution. (Applicants not holding the appropriate MSN degree may enter the DNP program through one of the three post-bachelor’s degree tracks: Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner)
Please note: Online programs do not meet immigration requirements for students holding an F1 or J1 Visa to maintain status. If you have questions, please contact UCF Global at or call 407-823-2337.
Is the GRE required?

No, the post-master’s Advanced Practice DNP does not require the student to submit GRE scores.

Is the program fully online?

Didactic instruction is fully online and provided in an asynchronous format. However, the program does require on-campus participation in a DNP Intensive twice per year.

Can I pursue this online degree program from outside of Florida?

Yes, you may pursue this UCF College of Nursing online program as long as you will be physically located in a Nurse Licensure Compact state for the duration of your education.

UCF College of Nursing faculty are authorized to teach in Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) states. Due to nursing education restrictions imposed by non-NLC states, UCF is unable to offer courses, clinicals, or other educational services regardless of modality within non-NLC states. Should you be physically located within a non-NLC state for more than a vacation or brief visit, regardless of your legal state of residence or the type of license you have, you will be unable to apply or continue your nursing degree program at the UCF College of Nursing. This includes, but is not limited to, students accepting traveling nurse positions in a non-Nurse Licensure Compact state. Although Colorado is a NLC state, the UCF College of Nursing cannot enroll students who will complete clinical practice hours there due to Colorado statute requirements for worker’s compensation insurance coverage.

UCF is also an approved institution of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Membership in NC-SARA requires the university to disclose information regarding state licensing and certification requirements for the selected program of study when licensing and/or certification are a requirement to practice in the profession after graduation.

While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, this program does not lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may still assist you in such pursuits; however, we are unable to confirm the specific licensure and certification requirements of each state, territory, or foreign entity in which professional credentialing may be possible. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its academic criteria.

You are welcome to contact the College of Nursing’s Assistant Dean of Students with questions in this regard, and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.

What is the DNP Intensive?

The DNP Intensive is a required on-campus two-day event in both the fall and spring semesters. Students will participate in enhanced learning opportunities related to individual courses as well as program specific competency education. It is intended to facilitate interaction with course faculty, program advisors and university-related services. In addition, there are opportunities for professional networking and continuing education credits associated with regional, national and international experts.

I am ready to apply. What are the next steps?

Visit our Doctoral Admissions page for details on the application process and requirements.


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